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2/16/13 4:11 A

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Thanks, Shiva!

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***Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself!
***"I can do all things through Christ!" Phillipians 4:13




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2/15/13 10:20 P

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You can, because you're going to be the inspiration for your sister. I'm sure of it.

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2/15/13 7:05 P

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Woah!!! I couldn't believe I wrote such a LOOOONG post till I noticed it just now! Ha! Sorry folks! I think that excellent article Shiva gave us just got me to thinking about my own life. (Which is what a great article can do!)

Shiva, you make such an excellent point about if folks who claim their weight problem is genetic would look into the past, they'd most likely find rail thin relatives! I'm gonna remember that point and use it (if I ever get around to having a vegan support group or diet group.) I'll bet that would be true of most people, because back then "portion control" was a given! Food was more scarce back then.

I'm so happy for you that you have the example of your aunt to inspire you! Proof of how examples can "speak louder than words"! It's worked for you! (Now if I can only get it to work for me! Ha!)

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2/15/13 1:47 P

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Lots of us have a sibling or family member in that same situation. I agree, being an example is the best thing we can do for them. That's great motivation for US to get and keep ourselves in optimum shape. Lots of people use the excuse that their overweight and health problems are genetic (they don't bother to look back a few generations and see scrabble worn and rail thin ancestors -- I'm lucky enough to have a few pictures from the 1800's and many from the early 1900's and I can see overweight is not genetic!) Anyway, when you're obese and see a close family member (of the same time) completely turn things around with a lifestyle change, it blows that excuse out the door and beyond. This is the time for us to be super examples. My favorite aunt did that for me years ago. She was already quite fit and then became super fit (and vegan.) Believe me, I followed her like a little duck. I didn't want to be left behind AND I saw what was possible. She has been one of the greatest friends and inspirations of my life.

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2/15/13 10:00 A

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I don't know my sisters weight, but she is seriously overweight. When I read of the man dying in the article, it reminded me of her. I worry about her.

That makes me think of another side to all this obesity epidemic: "denial". Just recently she was shocked when her husband made a comment that she might be an invalid in a few years at the rate she was going. She thought that was crazy--cause she still is getting out and doing a little shopping now and then, she is no invalid, she thinks! How dare he say that!!!

But the key word is she gets out "a little". Her life has really changed in the past few years and I think sometimes she doesn't even realize it. She rarely visits now and stays home most of the time. She doesn't feel well a lot, too and so she ends up sitting in front of the TV a lot. I would have to agree with her husband--I also suspect she could become bed fast in a few years if things don't change.

To be honest, it floored me in that moment that she was in such deep denial over this, that I honestly didn't know how to respond to her shock that someone would think she could become an invalid. I have often encouraged her to lose weight, and I have had to do it in a "round about" way, so she knows I'm not attacking her. She knows I could stand to lose some weight, too, so I'll say, "Let's get on a diet together and surprise everyone when we lose X amount of pounds by this summer!"

But the truth of the matter is, no family member wants to listen to another family member giving them advice. I'm just "little brother" who doesn't know anything. I ususally don't like it when my other sisters give me advice...so I know how that is. I just hope someone will eventually get to her, before it's too late.

We've had a family member or two to lose a large amount of weight. One of my nieces did and my sister noticed. I have before too. So it's not like there have been no examples. All I know to do is become that example again, and hope she will see again that it "can" be done--especially if "little brother" can do it! Ha!

Denial is an easy thing to fall into. It's really something I totally understand. I think a huge chunk of Americans are in denial. I think I fall into it easily (but am seeing some good changes lately---yaaaa!!!)

Food is such a comfort...it's hard to let that comfort go...but that's when folks like me realize what an addiction food has been for them, because it's hard to let it go and go from eating sandwiches and sweets to eating salads and fruit. That takes all the "fun" out of it!!

But when your body starts feeling better and your energy returns, then you realize just how badly you've been feeding your body trash, and not the fuel it needs. Then all those "no fun" veggies begin to seem like long lost friends!

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2/15/13 9:25 A

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Fantastic article, Shiva! Thanks for sharing it!!!

I remember hearing of the young man who was the "spokesmodel" for the Heart Attack Grill dying. The news story about it interviewed the owner, and I was truly disappointed in his reaction to it all. He behaved like his business played no part in the young man dying. But the bottom line was that the owner is still here (and best I recall, he was a normal weight) and the young 600 pound man was not. That pretty much says it all.

But so good about the couple who saved their lives by going vegan! A real hopeful message for us all! (And I just love those real life stories like that!)

I just love the part where she learns why her doctor had never told her about a vegan diet--she lets him know what she thinks about that and never returns to him!! Way to go, sister!!!



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2/15/13 12:18 A

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Go Diane! Good on You! I'm rooting for you.

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2/14/13 9:20 P

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Awesome article!! Especially for me being a T2 Diabetic and also hopeing to reverse it! Diane

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2/14/13 5:57 P

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An excellent article.

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2/14/13 2:08 P

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I thought the end of the article was the most valuable, with how that women who was so desperately ill changed everything around.

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2/14/13 9:12 A

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I am appalled that there is such a place as Heart-Attack Grill.

I understand that people want to be accepted whatever their size. I sorta feel like that's what SparkPeople is for - supportive and focused on health.

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Great read. Thanks!

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